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My Lords, I have listened with great attention to the many expert contributions that have been made in this interesting and constructive debate. The contributions came fast, but not furious, and I shall respond in that spirit. I want to associate myself with the tributes paid to the noble Lord, Lord Mawhinney, for his most useful analysis and comments in his maiden speech. Noble Lords tell me...
Since 8 February, 95 devolution issues have been intimated to me. Of the 66 civil cases, one related to failure to transfer a patient from a state hospital and the remainder concerned prison conditions. Of the 29 criminal cases, 19 concerned pre-trial delay.
As with all individual cases, each case will be assessed on its merits either by the court—if it goes to the court and is determined by the court—or in discussions between the parties. I am not party to those cases; it is not part of my task to assess the compensation. The claims range from very small amounts to fairly substantial amounts, and the outcome is difficult to predict....
Entered the House of Lords on 13 July 2005
Previously MP for Edinburgh Pentlands until 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election
Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Pentlands, 1997-2005. Advocate General for Scotland, 1999-2005. (from Number 10 press release)
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Party was Labour until 11 Apr 2005
Also represented Edinburgh Pentlands
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Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.
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